December 12, 2019 Subject:
73 YEARS OLD
I'm just 4 years younger than this movie.
I read the story in 8th grade.
The movie follows the story wonderfully and while nothing compares to the characters conjured in the imagination, created in the image of Dicken's descriptions, the movie is impressive with it's interpretations, well done.
Well written and directed brilliantly (consider the times), it's popular in classic cinematography for a reason.
Entertaining story with wit and charm, a mix of drama and mystery with it's dark side of life.
Dicken's shows us people who find entertainment by dancing on the edge of insanity,, until they meet our hero who, as they change his life, he changes theirs..
Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham was my favorite, her whole existence from costume to script wove everyone together,, for the story was built around her even though Pip (John Mills) was the star.
April 11, 2017 Subject:
Have never read Dickens books this film GREAT GREAT
March 26, 2016 Subject:
A great version of the novel.
Thanks for posting this excellent film.
The atmospheric scenery and fine acting make the story come alive.
June 22, 2015 Subject:
Wow - I was required to read this - couldn't do it in '63/64
It was about 1963 - requirement to read this. I struggled in middle school, as it was called then. The ONLY thing I recall was the character's name and how I suffered in my reading. I mean, it's not like I didn't like the subject of English. I thrive in it and was a late bloomer - had to wait to high school and books like, Lord of the Flies, Catch-22, etc. etc.
This movie is super. If I'd only know that Haley Mills' dad was in it back then. I mean I saw The Parent Trap (1961 version seven times). - I'm now going to REALLY read the book.
September 4, 2012 Subject:
Still 5 stars even without the Star
I love this movie and have seen it many times. My only complaint is that the producers should have allowed Jean Simmons to carry the whole picture as leading lady. There was no need to bring in another girl who was not nearly as pretty, haughty, or insulting as the young Estella. A little lipstick and rouge, hair piled up high on her head, and the young Estella could have easily passed for a girl in her 20's. Let me also mention I downloaded and burned this movie twice and could not get the last 15 or so minutes of it on my disk. I finally watched the end of the movie by streaming it on my computer.
October 24, 2010 Subject:
This is perhaps the finest rendition of a book to movie as I have ever had the pleasure of watching. At 39 years old, I have been recently catching up on the classic literature I had missed as a boy. I once played a part in a dickens play, A christmas carol, and have ever been a fan of his work. I had just finished listening to the audiobook version of this story and was curious to see if there was a movie version. I found this and was quite amazed as each character was almost exactly as I had imagined it in my mind. Thank you for making this wonderful film to be available for all to see. Thank you.
Reviewer:slugs and urchins
October 13, 2010 Subject:
dickens with a slight twist
this is one of the best Great Expectations I've seen and Alec Guinness has a part in t when he's so young you wouldn't recognize him. The ending is modified slightly from the book but it doesn't detract from either the book or the movie. And it skips over parts which are not critical to the story. The people in Dicken's tales are more human than any I've met on the streets!
September 10, 2010 Subject:
The best film of a great story; great director, actors, atmosphere,
I haven't had a chance to view this avi, but this film is generally considered to be the best ever made of a Dickens story (at least); it's a truly great movie, and a truly great book (you should read the book). The actors include some of the greatest Britain ever produced, the director is arguably one of Britain's very best (David Lean, of Bridge on River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago etc etc fame), and the story is one of England's greatest. It doesn't get much better than this for a b/w period film.
September 7, 2010 Subject:
I never could have read the book...
And I never have, so I went into this not knowing anything about it, other than it is a famous story by Charles Dickens.
I don't know if it followed the book or not, but basing my review on the movie's storyline and pace, acting, characters, and entertainment value alone, pretending it's NOT a Dickens story, I would still call this a Classic Film and give it 5 stars.